Lady Mustangs Take 2nd in Own Holiday Tournament
The McKinney Christian Academy Lady Mustangs recently took second place in their own eight-team holiday Roundball Round up Tourney. The Mustangs got to the championship game by defeating Rockwall Heritage 61-35 and HSAA South 44-40. In the final, they were defeated for the second time this year by 4-A foe Dallas Christian, 60-35.
In the opener, the Mustangs were led by leading scorers Hannah Wilks and Julie James, who scored 23 and 16 respectively.
In round two of the winner’s bracket, the Mustangs were paired against HSAA South, whom the Mustangs had defeated handily earlier this season, 56-20. However, the Angels were down a few players in that game and the Mustangs lost James for the rest of the tourney to a national soccer tournament. So this rematch figured to be a closer affair. It was. With Grubbs taking over the point guard duties the Mustangs got out to a 17 – 8 first quarter lead. The Angels would rally but Wilks closed them out with 10 points in the 4th for a 44-40 victory. She ended with 21 for the night.
The championship game with Dallas Christian was also a rematch of a game from earlier this season. On Dec 3r, with all of the Mustangs starters in place, MCA had raced out to a 36-26 halftime lead on the Chargers, only to falter late as Hunter Cauley scored 14 second-half points to defeat MCA 60-55. Dallas Christian reversed that in the tourney final, establishing a 36-25 half time lead themselves as Cauley got going early with 14 again in the first half. The Mustangs tried to keep pace with seven each by Wilks and Zanetell and 5 by Grubbs. Schulte added 4 and Thompson hit a three and the Mustangs were still in it.
As in the first match, the Mustangs could not finish the deal. Dallas Christian won going away to claim the title. Cauley finished with 26 and along with her teammates Ashlan Miles and Payton Nix were named to the All tourney team. Wilks and Grubbs were named to the team for the second-place Mustangs and third-place Legacy Christian placed Grace McCullough on the team.
The Mustang boys had a splendid tourney as well, also reaching the championship. And just like the girls, they were forced to settle for second place trophy, losing to the Chant Chargers in the finals. Sophomore Reece Shaw was named to the All Tourney team for the Mustangs.